The Cell C Sharks XV take the Supersport Rugby Challenge to Ballito this Saturday afternoon (3pm) when they host Free State at Ashton College, looking to continue their great form.
Last week’s 32-5 bonus point victory over the log-leading Leopards at the Douglas Mitchell Sports Ground on the KZN South Coast showed what the team is capable of and coach Paul Anthony is expecting more of the same.
“The boys have grown from strength to strength,” he explained. “Getting a win with a bonus point against the top of the table Leopards last weekend, in the rain, was outstanding, the players really put in a stirring performance. The unity and synergy really came through in that match, the players played with absolute commitment and passion.”
He has made six enforced changes, with all six representing call-ups to the Vodacom Super Rugby squad that left early this week for Singapore for their clash with the Sunwolves.
Two changes in the front row feature props Juan Schoeman and John-Hubert Meyer being replaced by Ngoni Chidoma and Gerhard Engelbrecht respectively, with one more change to the pack of forwards, Wian Vosloo coming in for the traveling Jacques Vermeulen on the flank.
Courtney Winnaar has been called up to take over from Benhard Janse van Rensburg at flyhalf, whilst Damian Stevens starts at scrumhalf in place of Rowan Gouws who has joined the Vodacom Super Rugby team in Singapore.
Tristan Blewett in for Johan Deysel at centre and Odwa Ndungane returning to the side in place of S’bura Sithole in the three changes to the backline.
The Free State team have lost all three of their matches in the competition, but interestingly enough have secured two bonus points from each match.
“Having seen some top players promoted to the Super Rugby squad, which is a good thing, I’m looking forward to that same commitment,” said Anthony who wants no let up in the level of intensity. “I’m looking forward to seeing them make their mark against a good Free State side who I believe have been unlucky to lose.
“We’re really looking forward taking the game to the community of Ballito, and to again seeing the fighting spirit shown in the last few weeks. We expect this to be an absolute cracker of a game.”
|The Cell C Sharks XV
|1||Ngoni Chidoma||16||Kerron van Vuuren|
|2||Stephan Coetzee||17||Thierry Kounga|
|3||Gerhard Engelbrecht||18||Ruan Kramer|
|4||Jean Droste||19||Rikus Zwart|
|5||Hyron Andrews||20||Graham Geldenhuys|
|6||Khaya Majola||21||Hanco Venter|
|7||Wian Vosloo||22||Danrich Visagie|
|8||Keegan Daniel (V/C)|
|14||Odwa Ndungane (C)|